Being the Answer
January 14, 2022
Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.” Isaiah 6:8 NLT
Have you ever been at your workplace and seen a bit of a mess and mulled with a bit of agitation, “I wonder when someone is going to do something about that?”
Have you ever been overwhelmed at the tasks needing done at your house, perhaps especially now as you try to clean up from the clutter of Christmas, and wondered, “Doesn’t anyone see what needs done but me?”
You notice someone has been absent from church services for some time and you question if they are sick, hurting, or what’s up. You ask, “I wonder if anyone knows what’s going on. I hope someone contacts them.”
Isaiah heard God wonder. Many people were far from God, lost and struggling. No one seemed to notice. But God cared. He wondered aloud to Isaiah, deep in His spirit. “Who will go for us? Who will willingly give themselves to this situation? Who will get outside their own priorities and serve Mine?”
You know Isaiah was not the only one who noticed the state of his people. For certain, he is not the only one God would have used, because God will use anyone who will listen and follow. But we know who Isaiah was and is because he chose to listen and offer himself willingly to do the job.
Notice that God didn’t say to him, “Isaiah, I am calling you to do this.” He didn’t issue a command. He simply put the need out there and asked, “Who will do this?” Isaiah could have said “no,” or more probably like us, he could have simply ignored the question and moved on to something else. He could have said, “Send Obadiah. He has more time and is better at it than I am.”
But he didn’t. He stepped up to the plate and said, “Here am I. Send me.” He realized that being aware of the need IS the call. He realized that the greatest fulfillment in life comes from being the answer to God’s question, “Who will go for us? Who will meet this need?”
- Spend some time in silence before God. Let Him show you the needs around you. Determine to be the answer.